What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
The reason that I am posting is because my fiance received a notice in the mail from Social Security saying that she owes them $19,000. My fiance is not currently receiving benefits, and has not since she was 18 years of age. Her mother received them and still does, and between the years of 1997-1999 her mom never reported her extra income. My fiance was 11 years of age at the time, still a child.
Now today, Social Security is demanding that she pay back $19,000 in an overpayment to them. Her mom (who she does not have a relationship with in any sense of the word) does not have the ability to pay it back and now they're coming after her. She filed a waiver, and it was denied because although it was not her fault, Social Security claims that she has the "ability to pay it back", because she has a decent job. She has since requested a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. We have also contacted our local congressman and are going to the media about this too, since we believe the general public would interested in hearing about how the Social Security Admin screws over average, honest, hard working people while big business gets continued bailouts.
Any advice on this kind of case? It seems morally wrong to force her to repay, and definitely against the "equity and good conscience" that the Social Security Act speaks about. All help would be appreciated!